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Forum Name: Gynecology
Question: Clotting during your menstral cycle.
|rasberriesancream - Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:11 am||
I am 39 years old and am wondering if my periods are normal or not. For about 2 weeks prior to my period...I am tired and very pale...my skin actually looks older...my hair is flat...I bloat...my appetite is incredible and even my eyelashes don't seem as long. The worst part....I bleed very heavy for the first three days. I go through a pack of family size tampons...40 in a box....Im changing them every 10 min to a half hour the first three days. I clot so much throughout the day....and the clots are so big that I can actually feel myself drip ....when I feel that I go to change my tampon and a huge clot comes out. They are so big that I can feel them coming out. My doctor tells me to keep track of my periods for 3 months and than we will talk but I cant write things down everytime I change my tampon....My question....is this normal to bleed so much and is it normal to feel all the symptoms for 2 weeks prior to my cycle. I have no pain or cramps and have always been regular...but this is getting to be a very big inconvienence. When the first three days are over...my skin glows again and looks alot younger....What can I do......Thank you very much.
|Theresa Jones, RN - Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:21 am||
The menstrual cycles in which you describe are abnormal at any age. If the flow is so heavy that you soak 1 pad or more an hour further evaluation is warranted and in my opinion not in 3 months. Blood loss in this amount repeatedly can for one thing cause severe anemia. I strongy suggest further evaluative studies, labwork, transvaginal ultrasound at the very least. Is your current practitioner a gynecologist? If not then you should seek one. If so, I would question the judgment of alllowing this to persist over a 3 month time frame :(
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